COTUIT — The Wareham Gatemen (16-10-1) had the Cotuit Kettleers (12-12-2) on the ropes. Holding onto a one-run lead, Wareham did not allow a hit from the third inning until the eighth inning. But as Cotuit’s bats silenced, so too did Wareham’s.

Neither team mustered a run from the fourth inning until the bottom of the ninth, when Cotuit’s Brady Smith (Florida) singled up the middle to score Ryan Reynolds (Texas), the tying run, from second. The game was called as a 2-2 tie after a scoreless 10th inning Thursday at Lowell Park.

The Kettleers nearly needed more than a one-run ninth to overcome an early deficit. They decreased Wareham’s 2-0 lead by one run in the third inning when Zach Humphreys (TCU) curled a home run inside the left-field foul pole. But, the third-base umpire initially called the solo shot foul.

The helmet of incensed Cotuit manager Mike Roberts, the third base coach at the time, flew off. Reliever Stephen Schoch stood up on the top step of the bullpen stands with his hands raised high above his head in disbelief. Finally, after conferring with the rest of the umpires, the home-plate umpire flipped the decision and ruled the ball remained fair as it went over the fence 320 feet from home plate to give the Kettleers their first run.

“It's fair. There's no doubt about it,” Roberts said. “The left fielder knew it. The third baseman knew it. I think everybody in the ballpark knew it but the third-base umpire. But I'm thankful that the home-plate umpire saw it well and did what was correct and overturned it.”

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The Gatemen scored the game’s first two runs in the second and third innings.

In an uncharacteristic moment of lacking control, Cotuit starting pitcher John Baker (Ball State) threw back-to-back wild pitches in the second inning, which allowed two runners to advance bases, then Ryan Kreidler (UCLA) to cross home plate for the first run of the game. Baker entered the game with a 27-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and did not allow another run.

“Baker keeps giving us five strong innings and gives us a chance to win,” Roberts said.

The Gatemen picked up their second run when Jeremy Ydens (UCLA) hit a sacrifice fly to score Isaac Collins (Creighton) who had reached base on a double to right-center. Collins had a game-high three hits.

The early runs allowed Wareham starter Ryan Garcia (UCLA) and reliever Easton Lucas (Pepperdine) to pitch with the lead for the majority of their time on the mound. They allowed just four hits in 8.1 innings. Lucas did not allow a batter to reach base in the first three innings of his appearance.

“I felt like my stuff was good,” Lucas said. “I just had a little bit of a command problem. Like, I wasn't locating as much as I want. But, it worked. Got a lot of swings.”

Lucas was relieved in the ninth inning by Zach Hart (Franklin Pierce) who gave up the game-tying hit to Smith.

“I think we did a good job pretty much all the way through, just didn't have timely hitting with runners on second and third. But, it happens,” Lucas said. “I think we did good, just didn't quite work out the way we planned it.”